Gov. Mark Dayton asked all state employees to send him suggestions for next year's proposed "unsession."
"Send a big idea that could revolutionize how your department operates or a commonsense change that would eliminate a headache for the Minnesotans you serve," Dayton wrote in a letter sent this week.
The governor has long pitched the idea of an "unsession," which would get rid of unneeded laws, regulations and outdated flotsam and jetsam in state government. He said on Thursday that he got the name for it during his 1998 campaign for governor when 7-Up was pitching itself as the "Un-cola."
He plans to put that idea into practice in next year's legislative session, which starts in February.
Dayton spokesman Matt Swenson said that the letter (below) went out to 30,000 state employees on Tuesday.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.